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Secure Arunachal�s future: Governor

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Jan 27 � Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has called upon the people of the State to put in concerted efforts to secure the State�s �future�.

Quoting former American President John F Kennedy, the Governor said, �I appeal you all to think and strive what you can do for your State� Let us all resolve to put in a concerted effort to secure our future and future of our children through our collective endeavours as Team Arunachal,� the Governor said in his Republic Day address here at the IG Park yesterday.

He also urged the government officials to be the role model for the people. �Remember what Gandhiji said. He said �The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others�. I wish and am confident that you will do it.�

The Governor added, �Let development and progress be the key to good governance. Let there be a transparent and accountable administration, and work for the betterment and welfare of common people guided by the �Citizen First� principle.�

Stating that �a practising mature democracy has to be participatory with each citizen contributing in nation building�, he urged the people to �collectively rise above narrow personal greed and interests and see the bigger picture. Personal interest must be subordinated to the interests of community and the country.�

Asserting that the State was endowed with nature�s bounty and abundant potential in the socio-economical front, he said the government has laid special focus on infrastructure, education, health and skill development and was working to harness our strength in hydropower, tourism, agriculture, horticulture and minerals.

Citing the �challenges� faced by the government, the Governor said, �Infrastructure has to be built by enhancing capacities, ensuring that our developmental projects are put on a fast track and all bottlenecks removed. Only then can the fruits of development grow.�

The Governor also asked the elders in the society to fulfil their responsibility towards the �generation next� by guiding and mentoring them, enabling the youth to realize their full potential, working constructively towards nation-building and taking the State to the heights of peace and prosperity.

Earlier, the Governor unfurled the National Tricolour in the presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his ministerial colleagues and others, and took salute from the parade contingents of Police, paramilitary forces, NCC Cadets, Scouts & Guides and school children.

Besides the ceremonial march past by uniformed contingents, other highlights of the celebrations were display of diverse social and cultural traditions by various troupes and school children and announcement of the State Awards by the Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi.

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